During the month of August the Bishops Ju Jitsu club had a few closures due to the caretaker being away on holiday. This also applied for some of the students, as most have children and were away themselves enjoying a good rest with their family.
On the 19th August, the adult students were back in training, Matthew Broomfield and Gavin Marjorie where unable to train as Matthew hurt his knee at work and wanted to rest it. Gavin was away on holiday with his family, which meant that Paul Godfrey and Devlinn Turner were the only two in attendance.
The start of the lesson we worked on basic warm-up, leading straight in to basic breakfalls covering forward rolls, left and right side breakfalls followed by front and back breakfalls. We practice each of these techniques many times to get Paul and Devlin more familiar with the technique and routine that is at the start of the class.
It can be quite hard sometimes for the students trying to learn new techniques as they have no-one to follow as this is a brand-new adult class, Luckily most of the adults students we have, have brothers, sons and daughters in early classes, which makes it a lot easier for them to follow as they repeatedly watch them train.
From here we worked on their basic fitness tests – these are tests which are required for each belt, as we have most of the students starting off on their first belts, they are only required to perform 10 of each exercise, this consists of press ups, sit-ups, leg raises, and the burpees.
They perform this one-for-one also known as “buddy-buddy”, one side going first while your partner counts how many you perform, making sure that the technique is carried out correctly and to the best of their ability and not let them cheat themselves out of the technique.
After a quick drink and wipe down we moved on to some of the basic techniques, which are required within their white belt. We worked on palm heel strikes getting each side used to using the correct footwear and repeating as many times as necessary to get the drill correct, followed shortly by breaking grabs to the lapels. Even though they are not running round, you still get hot and sweaty when trying to perform routines. It was a fantastic lesson, which they both enjoyed tremendously.
The following week it was great to see everyone back in training, Matthew’s knee was a little bit better enabling him to train but taking it easy on some of the techniques. Gavin had a lovely time away with his family and was keen to get back into training. We started the lesson off again with basic breakfalls, getting then more and more familiar with the drills.
To give them an insight to some of the techniques that performed in higher belts we had a little practice at some defences from a knife – breaking each step down into stages to enable them to get everything correct. I then moved around the mat to give help where needed. After coupling everything together they really enjoyed this technique and saw the real benefits when using it.
We worked on another knife technique before going into their basic fitness tests followed by their basic hip throws. I am really happy with how each student is progressing, each week getting better and better.
To finish the lesson off we had a little practice at some casualty drags, this is something that they will have to do possibly within a grading and is also a great fitness tool to get your whole body working as one… they really enjoyed this and where happy with their work effort. It’s great to see all the new adult students working hard. You will definitely see an improvement within the next few months!
Next month we will continue with your basic white belt syllabus, each week learning more and more and steadily get fitter in preparation to attempt your grading at the end of the year.
Next month we look forward to the Shochu Geiko on the 3rd & 4th October, please remember if you wish to grade at the end of the year, you must attend this event! This is a fantastic two-day event where you get to experience many different martial arts all in one weekend – this is also a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other students within the organisation. For further information, please visit the Ishin Ryu website or press on this link: 14th Shochu Geiko
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Del Shannon Sensei